The Bates County Elks Lodge #2653 is collecting deer hides during Archery and Rifle season. For many patients in VA Hospitals, time can move slowly between visits from family and friends. In addition to holding events and providing friendship to Veterans in VA hospitals, Elks also provide the tools for Veterans to take up a new skill.
The Veterans Leather Program relies on the charity of hunters across the nation to donate hides so that they can be turned into leather used for therapy programs for recovering Veterans.
The leather is also used to provide professionally-crafted gloves for Veterans in wheelchairs, which are distributed at Veterans Sports clinics and gatherings all over the country.
Hides are accepted throughout the bow season and rifle season and may be dropped off at the Bates County Elks Lodge located just south of the Bates County Museum on Elks Drive in Butler.
For more information contact Travis Gillis 660-200-5220 or Chris Cook 816-813-7437